Coming out of the shadow of humility

Hi there,

yesterday I took part in a live discussion on Facebook about marketing with a marketing and business guru, a friend of mine, Mr Kunle Olomofe. The idea behind the discussion was to learn what I needed to boost the public profile of the Col Sec series. It was an awesome session where I was mercilessly grilled about my aims and what I wanted for the future for the Col Sec series and my career as a writer.

If asked, any writer worth his or her salt would answer in the affirmative the question of would they like to have a best seller, I am no different. I was once told by a member of a writers group that people didn’t do this sort of thing to get rich, they did it because they loved it. I agree and disagree with that statement in equal measure. As a writer I do it because  I love it, I am incredibly passionate about the craft, I may not be the best at what I do but what I do is unique, and I will expand on that later. I love to craft a story that is thrilling, captivating and is filled with characters the reader can identify with and cheer or jeer depending on their role in the story. Where I disagree is that I have and always will work towards getting that best seller.

To be able to do that I have to do two things, clearly there are many more things but for this article I have narrowed it down to the top two. Firstly I have to target my audience, and this is where I clarify an earlier point. The books I have written are unique in the fact that, in my opinion they do not fit into any given genre, not fully. The Col Sec series is a Sci Fi action adventure series. Think a Matthew Reilly Scarecrow book put set in the future, say four hundred and fifty years in the future, that’s a Col Sec book. How do I target that audience? I know it’s out there, and I know I’ll reach it and I’m also sure I’ll do it soon too. Secondly, the other thing that came out of the discussion was my attitude to marketing. I have never been comfortable in pushing myself forward, I have always considered it bragging, boasting or whatever you want to call it and it is a character trait I have always found unattractive in others. What I learned yesterday was something I have always known but chose to disregard in respect of marketing my work, and that is that no one has been successful by standing back and waiting for it to happen. I have always prided myself on my humility but now I have to put that aside if I want to succeed as a writer. I have to be bold in talking about my work. I am extremely proud of the work I have already produced and the 5 star reviews it has already garnered proves that point.

It’ll be difficult, nothing of value is ever given freely but with the help of the talented people who are guiding me I am certain things will change and for the better.

So this is me standing proud, boldly going where I have never been before and looking forward to the challenge.

That’s all for now, see you soon

Jan.

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About jandomagala

Having worked in the ceramic printing industry since leaving school in the early 70's I've had a passion for the written word. I started writing in the 80's and since discovering the self publishing world have finally seen the first part of my ambition come to fruition, my name in print. Now with the help of wordpress and other promotion tools I hope to see the second part of my ambition come true, to earn a living from writing.
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